Tinnitus Treatment: 6 Home Remedies For Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition that causes ringing in the ears, often accompanied by other abnormal sounds and sensations. Most experts believe that tinnitus causes can be attributed to an underlying disorder that affects auditory sensations and nerves near the ears. Tinnitus symptoms often include hearing phantom sounds, along with changes in sound intensity, pitch and volume. (1) Natural tinnitus treatment methods can help patients find pain relief and coping methods to manage symptoms.

Tinnitus Causes and Risk Factors

  • A history of ear disorders or ear infections
  • Cardiovascular disorders that affect blood flow, arteries and nerves
  • Nerve damage
  • TMJ symptoms, jaw, head or neck injuries
  • Overcoming an upper respiratory infection, a cold or an ear infection
  • A history of drug use or excessive alcohol consumption that causes neurological changes
  • Acute anxiety, insomnia or depression
  • Being exposed to high amounts of noise, wearing loud headphones or having a job that exposes you to high-pitched noises
  • Hearing loss that is linked to aging (2)

Tinnitus Symptoms

  • Hearing phantom sounds when no sound is actually coming from any source
  • Hearing sounds including ringing, clicking, sizzling, buzzing, hissing, humming or roaring
  • Change in sound intensity, pitch, onset, volume and type
  • Tinnitus symptoms may only come from one ear at a time or from both ears
  • Hearing musical sounds or voices (rare)
  • Hearing loud sounds that interfere with the ability to hear or concentrate
  • Brain fog, confusion and trouble focusing
  • Anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue and insomnia caused by symptoms

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Tinnitus Treatment

1. Try Counseling, Coping Strategies and Education

Patients who are educated about tinnitus and learn about coping strategies may be better able to manage irritating symptoms. Coping strategies can help with the emotional symptoms caused by tinnitus, such as anxiety, insomnia, lack of focus and depression. (3)

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Top 10 Things to Know About Asthma

DURING MAY’S Asthma Awareness Month, here are the top 10 things you should know about this often-misunderstood disease that affects more than 24 million people in the U.S.:

1. All asthma is serious – 10 people die from it each day in the U.S. Many who experience a life-threatening attack had previously been diagnosed with mild asthma.

2. Most people’s asthma is not as well controlled as they think, as observed in a recent survey. If you use your quick-relief bronchodilator inhaler more than two times a week (other than before exercise), wake up with symptoms more than two times a month or refill your bronchodilator more than two times a year, your asthma is not under control, and you should talk with your doctor about revising your treatment plan.

3. Asthma is more than just coughing and wheezing. These symptoms are a result of underlying lung inflammation. Since you can’t feel or hear this simmering inflammation, it’s important to take your an anti-inflammatory controller medication every day, if prescribed, even when you’re feeling well.

4. Asthma medications are not addictive; the corticosteroids used to reduce inflammation are not the same as damaging anabolic steroids.

5. Asthma is not just a childhood disease; it can appear at any age and last a lifetime. Asthma can also be situational – sparked by allergies, exercise or pregnancy, for example. Symptoms can arise due to a cold or the flu, especially among children.

6. Children do not “outgrow” asthma. Your immune system changes throughout your lifetime, and your asthma will, too. Symptoms may ease and go into remission, but the danger of lung inflammation remains and often reappears in adulthood, especially in response to hormonal changes.

7. People with asthma should not be afraid to exercise. You may need to premedicate and spend time warming up and cooling down, but strengthening your lungs and heart is always a good idea. Many professional, elite and Olympic athletes have asthma.

8. About 70 percent of people with asthma also have allergies, and the two are closely linked. Exposure to things you are allergic to – such as pollen, mold, pet dander and dust mites – increases lung inflammation and triggers coughing and wheezing. If you control allergies through avoidance, medication or immunotherapy, you often control asthma.

9. Exposure to secondhand smoke and air pollution during early childhood or the mother’s pregnancy increases a child’s risk of developing asthma. Do not allow others to smoke in your home or car, and teach your child to keep away from secondhand smoke.

10. Each person’s asthma is unique and will respond to treatments differently. New bronchial treatments and biologic medications that target individual immune system processes are making a difference in the lives of people with severe, difficult-to-treat asthma. Talk with your doctor about your medications, how effective they are and if you should consider different treatments.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Gout

A gout attack can come fast and furious and cause excruciating pain, redness and swelling in a joint. These symptoms are caused by the formation of needle-like crystals in the soft tissue of a joint, and over the centuries gout pain has inspired many writings, illustrations and cartoons. (Hippocrates even wrote about it in the fifth century B.C.!)

Despite the fact that gout has been around for a long time and affects millions of people, most people don’t know much about it. Here are a few facts that aren’t widely known:

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Drinking coffee can lower your risk of developing gout.

1. Coffee reduces your risk
People who drink coffee have a lower risk of developing gout.1,2,3 Scientists are exploring why this relationship exists. Other caffeinated drinks, such as green tea, do not seem to have an inverse relationship with gout.

In contrast to drinking coffee, drinking fructose-laden sodas have been found to increase a person’s risk of developing gout.4,5

2. You can be at high risk and not know it
During a gout attack, severe joint pain can erupt in just a matter of hours, so it may be surprising to know that hyperuricemia, the precursor of gout, can lurk unnoticed for years.

Hyperuricemia is an abnormally high amount of uric acid in the blood. Being hyperuricemic does not mean you will definitely develop the uric acid crystals that cause gout, but it does significantly increase the likelihood.

If you have risk factors that make you more prone to gout—for example, if you are middle age or older, overweight, and regularly taking aspirin or diuretics—you may want to talk to your doctor about testing for hyperuricemia. Simple lifestyle adjustments can lower your risk of a future gout attack.

3. Gout can be triggered by an injury or another medical condition
This fact seems particularly unfair: You may be more susceptible to a gout attack right after a traumatic injury, surgery or infection or during medical therapy (e.g. chemotherapy). These events can cause a change in body chemistry and spur a gout flare-up.

Even stopping or starting allopurinol, a prescription drug used to treat gout, can bring on a gout attack. For this reason, a person should not start, stop, or change allopurinol dosage without consulting a doctor.

100 Hidden Symptoms of Celiac Disease

There are more than 100 hidden symptoms of Celiac Disease and quite a few more common ones. It’s important to get tested if you recognize these symptoms. Even if you think you “only” have a mild gluten intolerance, you could be wrong and putting your future (or your child’s future) at risk.

You will be more committed to completely avoiding all forms of gluten if you see elevated antibodies on a lab report. Just as with Hashimoto’s – doesn’t seeing your antibody count make you more aware of your thyroid?

While Colon Cancer is well known by alternative doctors as a sign of Celiac Disease, there are many doctors who don’t know this! Educate them!

The standard Celiac test is somewhat limited as it only tests 1 or 2 antibodies. I much prefer the Gluten Analog test from Cyrex Labs with 24 antibodies. That’s how I found I had Celiac after being off gluten for a decade. But I flunked the sensitive Cyrex tests, eventually finding it was the breathing a tiny bit of oat dust when handling my pony’s horse feed! If you have no access to Cyrex Labs, by all means run a standard Celiac test on yourself and the kids, especially if you have any of the common or hidden symptoms of Celiac.

Common symptoms of Celiac Disease

Common symptoms include:

  • Recurring diarrhea or constipation
  • Bloating, intestinal pain, rectal bleeding
  • Colon Cancer
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained fertility or miscarriage issues
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Iron Anemia
  • Canker sores
  • Skin bumps and blisters often confused with Eczema (Dermatitis Herpetiformis)
  • Failure to thrive
  • Various forms of psychiatric concerns
  • Family history of Celiac

Even with these clues, most doctors won’t think of Celiac and won’t run the blood tests. With an estimated 1 in 130 Americans having Celiac Disease, only a tiny percentage are ever diagnosed.

To make it more confusing, many people have none of the common symptoms. 12 to 25% of confirmed Celiacs have NO digestive issues…

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6 Things You Need to Know About ADHD

If Your Child Is Newly Diagnosed With ADHD

If your child has just been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be feeling a mixture of emotions. You may also have a lot of questions and be unsure of the next steps to take to move forward. It can all feel a bit overwhelming! Here are six things that are helpful to know as your family begins the journey in learning more about ADHD and how to best manage it.

1. ADHD is a Neurobiological Condition That May Be Caused By a Number of Risk Factors, Including a Child Having an Inherited Genetic Predisposition to ADHD

ADHD has a strong genetic component. In other words, it tends to run in families. Research suggests that ADHD is linked to differences in brain development and a deficiency in certain brain chemicals (most notably, the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine) that regulate the efficiency with which our brain helps us to inhibit behavior, sustain attention, and control mood.

ADHD is not the result of poor parenting or a lack of discipline at home. It is not caused by eating too much sugar or watching too much television. It is important to understand the neurobiological factors that contribute to ADHD. With this understanding, there is often a great burden lifted from parents who may find themselves bogged down and stuck in feelings of guilt or shame, trying to figure out what they could have done differently to prevent ADHD.

2. Learning About ADHD and How It Affects Your Child and Family Is a Process That Takes Time

ADHD is a complex and chronic condition that can present very differently from child to child, with new challenges arising as a child ages, and with symptoms that can be expressed in changing ways as the child moves through different developmental stages, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and beyond into adulthood, work, marriage, and parenting. Actively work to educate yourself, your child, and your family about ADHD. Make sure that your child is an active participant in his or her treatment planning. Encourage questions. Talk openly about ADHD. Keep a solution-focused outlook.

3. Be a Strong Advocate for Your Child and Teach Your Child These Important Self-Advocacy Skills

It is important for your child to have an accurate understanding of his or her areas of weakness, why certain struggles occur, and what strategies are most helpful in minimizing these difficulties. Teach your child early on so that he or she is better able to work on finding effective solutions, asking for help when needed, and advocating for oneself. With these self-advocacy skills, your child will be better able to be clear, assertive, and proactive in getting resources and accommodations in place as needed throughout his or her life to minimize areas of weakness and allow areas of strength to develop, grow, and shine. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the ADHD-related impairments, but it is just as important to help your child identify and understand his or her wonderful strengths and to create opportunities for success, both large and small.

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6 Ways to Treat Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

Acid Reflux (or heartburn) during pregnancy, while uncomfortable, is actually quite common. Though it’s not usually considered harmful, you might be hard-pressed to get an expectant mom to agree with that conclusion.

This burning sensation, which usually causes discomfort from about the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat (hence “heart” burn) is common in pregnancy due to the increase of the hormone progesterone, which helps to relax the uterine muscles. This relaxation of the esophageal muscles releases gastric acid out of the stomach, causing the burning sensation.

So, what can you safely do to relieve the discomfort of acid reflux during pregnancy? Continue reading for some remedies recommended by everyday moms!

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Watch What You Eat

Spicy foods, or even foods that are acidic (tomatoes and citrus), can exacerbate an already uncomfortable situation. If you are experiencing acid reflux symptoms, you may want to avoid eating these things.

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Gravity

Sometimes, staying vertical is your best bet to help with acid reflux. When you lie down, acid can more freely move upward into your esophagus. So if you need to sleep, try propping your head up with some pillows, or try sleeping in a reclining chair.

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Papaya Extract Tablets

Many women swear that these tablets are total lifesavers when it comes to reflux relief; but the reasons for why this works are debatable. Some point to the enzyme papain, while others say papain’s purpose is to break down protein and not neutralize acid. Either way, they seem to work for many women as a natural alternative to help relieve acid reflux pain.

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9 Things You Need to Know About A Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy)

A gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) is a restrictive procedure to help you with weight loss. It restricts the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach.

In sleeve gastrectomy surgery your surgeon will remove a large portion of your stomach leaving a new, smaller stomach about the size of a banana. Your new stomach size limits the amount of food you can eat. You’ll only be able to eat a small meal and you will keep a feeling of fullness for longer. Food will be absorbed in the normal way as your intestines aren’t by-passed, as in a gastric by-pass.

1. What is a gastric sleeve surgery?

In gastric sleeve surgery your surgeon creates a small stomach “sleeve” using a stapling device and the rest of your stomach is permanently removed. Your stomach’s size will be reduced by approx 75%.

It can be a single procedure for weight loss or it can be the first step before other weight loss surgical procedures, such as gastric bypass.

2. What is involved in a sleeve gastrectomy procedure?

Prior to your gastric sleeve surgery you will be given a general anaesthetic that will put you to sleep.

A sleeve gastrectomy is normally done using a tiny camera called a laparoscope that is placed in your stomach and allows your surgeon to see inside your stomach.

Your surgeon will make two to five small cuts in your abdomen and pass the laparoscope and other instruments needed to perform the surgery through these openings. They will remove a large portion of your stomach and the remaining portions of your stomach are joined together using surgical staples. This creates a long vertical tube or banana-shaped stomach.

The procedure should take between 60 and 90 minutes.

3. The history of the gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery was first introduced in 1988 as the restrictive part of a bariatric surgery to treat morbid and super morbid obesity called biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS). In these high risk patients sleeve gastrectomy was proposed as the first step of the procedure followed by a second procedure with the gastric bypass or BPD-DS.

Sleeve gastrectomy, the first step in the two-step procedure, showed excellent weight-loss results and led to the proposal of the sleeve gastrectomy as a stand-alone procedure. As a result, since 2003, gastric sleeve surgery  has been offered as a stand-alone bariatric procedure¹.

In 2012, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) updated its position statement on sleeve gastrectomy as a bariatric procedure, recognising it as both a primary procedure and as the first stage in a two-step surgery².

4. Is a gastric sleeve surgery the right option for me?


If you prefer the idea of a weight loss surgery that will help you lose weight by restricting the amount of food you eat but doesn’t interfere with the absorption of your food and doesn’t involve having a foreign body inside your body then a sleeve gastrectomy might be the best option for you.

You will need to bear in mind that the weight will usually come off more slowly than with other procedures such as gastric bypass, and to lose weight you will need to be committed to following an exercise and eating plan. A gastric sleeve surgery should be recognised as a permanent procedure as it cannot be reversed.

It may be that your BMI dictates that you cannot have another surgical procedure initially and in this instance your surgeon might therefore recommend the sleeve gastrectomy to lose excess weight to enable you to then opt for a second weight loss surgical procedure at a later date.

It is best to talk with your bariatric nurse/surgeon about the weight loss surgery options and the most suitable one for you.

5. Am I eligible for a gastric sleeve surgery?

You will usually have weight loss surgery such as a sleeve gastrectomy if you cannot lose a large amount of weight and maintain the weight loss long term by dieting and lifestyle changes alone; or if you have serious health problems caused by obesity.

This procedure may be recommended if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more as this indicates you are at least 100 pounds over your recommended weight. It may also be advised for you if you have a BMI of 35 or more and also a serious medical condition that might improve with weight loss. Some of these conditions are sleep apnoea, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. A gastric sleeve surgery may also be used to treat extremely morbidly obese people (with a BMI of 60 or above).

Your bariatric nurse/surgeon will discuss with you if you are eligible for this type of weight loss surgery.

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8 Surprising Facts About Multiple Myeloma

How much do you know about multiple myeloma?

You may know that multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer, but it’s different and rarer than lymphoma and leukemia. Myeloma has other unique characteristics—like its typical age of onset, when treatment typically starts, and advances in treatment. Here are eight surprising facts about multiple myeloma that you might not know.

1. Multiple myeloma is an uncommon cancer.

The first fact about multiple myeloma is it isn’t very common. According to the American Cancer Society, just over 30,000 Americans will develop multiple myeloma cancer in the coming year. This makes it a relatively uncommon cancer. The average American adult has a 0.7% lifetime risk of getting the disease. The risk increases as you age, with the average age at diagnosis of 70 years. It is rare for it to affect people under the age of 40 years.

2. Multiple myeloma affects your immune system.

Multiple myeloma is a form of blood cancer. Specifically, it affects a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells are a vital part of your immune system. They make antibodies against foreign invaders to help your body fight off infections. When plasma cells become cancerous myeloma cells, they can’t make normal antibodies. Myeloma cells that reproduce rapidly also crowd out normal, healthy plasma cells. This results in low levels of normal white blood cells and frequent infections.

3. Multiple myeloma can weaken your bones.

Multiple myeloma starts in your bone marrow, where your body makes blood cells. As myeloma cells multiply out of control, they form tumors that can invade the bone tissue. This weakens the bones and makes them more likely to break and to break very easily. The term “multiple” describes the fact that most people have many tumors, or plasmacytomas. This is true in about 90% of cases. Less commonly, only one tumor is present. This is called solitary plasmacytoma instead of multiple myeloma.

4. Multiple myeloma can damage your kidneys.

Myeloma cells make abnormal antibodies, called M proteins. As M proteins accumulate in the blood, they can damage your kidneys. As the damage progresses, it can lead to kidney failure. Your doctor will check your kidney function with urine and blood tests as part of diagnosing and monitoring multiple myeloma.

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Top 10 myths about tinnitus

If you are one of the millions of people in the world that has tinnitus, you know it can impact everything from your work to your family and social life. That constant ringing in the ears can also lead to stress and depression.

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual sound is present. For many, tinnitus is characterized by ringing in the ears, but it can also manifest itself in different sounds such as whistling, buzzing or hissing.

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Knowing tinnitus facts is a great way to 
get on a path towards relief.

According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus sufferers in the United States number in the millions, with the CDC estimating that almost 15 percent of people have tinnitus to some degree. And with so many people suffering from tinnitus, it is more important than ever to be able to distinguish fact from fiction. Knowing the truth about tinnitus can give you the best chance to effectively approach the condition and reduce the symptoms in order to improve your quality of life.

Myth: Tinnitus is an incurable disease

This is not completely true. Tinnitus is not a disease in itself, but is sometimes the result of any number of underlying medical conditions. Loud noise, neurological damage, vascular disease, or even traumatic brain injury are just some examples of health issues that can contribute to tinnitus. Tinnitus can also develop as a reaction to certain medications. And while it is true that there is no “cure,” there are treatments available that will lessen the symptoms and make tinnitus easier to live with.

Myth: I can just change my diet and my tinnitus will go away

While some feel that certain additives and foods such as alcohol, sodium and caffeine can aggravate tinnitus, they are not usually the root cause. It is always important to overall health to eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, but tinnitus needs to be addressed separately. Tinnitus management strategies can include dietary and lifestyle changes, but these alone won’t “cure” tinnitus.

Myth: There is nothing I can do about tinnitus

There is something you can do! Research into tinnitus is ongoing, and treatments are constantly evolving and improving. Whether your tinnitus is mild, moderate or severe, a hearing healthcare professional can offer solutions and treatments to help lessen the symptoms and make your condition more manageable. In addition, other healthcare professionals can diagnose and address the health issues that might be causing the tinnitus in the first place.

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14 Things You Should Try to Never Say to Someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis (and 3 You Totally Should)

“You look really bloated.”

I don’t need to dig up a scientific study from Harvard to prove that telling someone they look fat is offensive (at best) and hurtful (at worst). And yet, that’s exactly what my friend recently said after meeting me for dinner an hour after I’d had an infusion.

She probably wasn’t wrong. After all, I’d just had a giant bag of liquid intravenously injected into my body to treat my rheumatoid arthritis. And it’s true that I’d mysteriously gained eight pounds since I started infusing and had been changing my anti-inflammatory NSAIDs like underwear, desperately trying to find one that didn’t make me retain water and feel like I was going to explode out of my skin.

So, yes, it’s definitely possible I looked like a pumpkin head at dinner. But that’s not the point. Who says that? Unfortunately, a lot of people say a lot of very inappropriate things to us folks with RA. Though many may have good intentions under the guise of worrying, they often don’t understand what it’s like to live with rheumatoid arthritis and why their words sting.

I talked with a group of people with rheumatoid arthritis for their take on the things it’s best to avoid saying — because we’ve heard them a gazillion times; because they’re offensive, judgmental, or dismissive; or just … because.

Share them with your friends, family, and even your doctors, so in the future they know what’s OK — and so not OK — to say.

1. Don’t say: “You’re too young to have arthritis!”

Rheumatoid arthritis (or psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis) is not that nagging pain your grandma complains about in her hip. RA is a very serious autoimmune disease, in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues and causes severe joint pain, stiffness, severe fatigue, and sometimes deformity, usually in the hands, shoulders, knees, and/or feet. It affects men, women, and children of all ages.

RA is often confused for osteoarthritis, in which the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones wears down over time. OA affects millions of adults, and tends to occur with age. “I wish RA did not have the word arthritis in it,” says Mina Hartwell, 48, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis six years ago. “It’s awful that, because of that word, it is equated with an older person’s degenerative disease. There is a huge difference.”

Julie Anders, 55, has lived with RA for 12 years and is more forgiving when people say this to her. “I know it’s just coming from someone who really doesn’t know the difference or the fact that children suffer from it also,” she says. “It’s a complex disease so I don’t expect the general public to know that. I use it as an opportunity to share how RA can come on at any age and that it is an autoimmune disease.”

2. Don’t say: “At least you don’t have cancer. That would be worse. I mean, like, you won’t die from it.”

It’s not fair to compare RA to cancer because it’s apples to oranges. RA can be excruciating and is possibly life-threatening. Lea Dooley, 48, who was diagnosed with RA four years ago and fibromyalgia just last year, feels “fortunate to have been diagnosed during the golden age” of RA — during the recent emergence of biologic drugs that can help prevent long-term joint damage — but the truth is, if RA is left untreated, major organs can shut down. And research shows having RA does increase your risk of co-occuring diseases, such as heart disease, respiratory issues, and other problems that result from being under an assault of chronic inflammation.

3. Don’t say: “But you don’t look sick!”

There’s a reason #butyoudontlooksick is one of the more popular Instagram hashtags among the chronic illness community. While there is no cure for RA, patients can experience glorious periods of remission with little pain. Unfortunately, without warning or reason, RA can flare up from time to time and it can be painstaking to simply get out of bed or tie your shoes.

“When I am having a good day,” Hartwell explains, “you know like wearing makeup and a shirt with buttons, someone may says to me, ‘Oh, you must be better!’ Nope. Not better. Just feeling a little less miserable today but thank you for noticing!”

4. Don’t say: “You’re probably just stressed out. Stress kills.”

Research remains inconclusive as to what role stress plays in the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies confirm the link; others, like a recent Dutch study, found no correlation between psychological stress and early signs of joint pain. RA is thought to be caused by a number of factors, such as genetics, infection, or environmental factors like smoking, but nobody knows for sure yet.

When it comes to RA flares, stress can be a factor among a host of other triggers, but it doesn’t operate in a vacuum. So when people tell Briana Redulla, 33, she needs to “relax” to help control her disease, it really bugs her, especially because she lives in Hawaii, one of the most chill places on earth! Let’s not blame the victim, shall we?

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